A Domestic. Servant to the Grand Vizier.
Historical Ottoman Empire officials and ethnic groups.
UNTIL the reign of the present Sultan, the office of Grand Vizier was not only the most important in the whole state, but was even able to control the sovereign’s will. The three last Viziers have, however, been circumscribed in their power, although their office is still attended with nearly as much pomp and magnificence as formerly.
The officers and domestics of the Grand Vizier are very numerous. The portrait here given is of one in his full dress, with his yellow boots and yataghàn, a sort of curved knife or short scimitar. The first of these is reckoned a great privilege, as the common people are forbidden to wear boots or slippers of a yellow colour. The yataghàns, which are also sometimes accompanied by large pistols, are generally very richly ornamented, but without any marks of taste.
Source: The costume of Turkey. Illustrated by a series of engravings; with descriptions in english. By Octavian Dalvimart. Printed by Howlett and Brimmer. Published in London, 1802.